Katherine Frank is a cultural anthropologist (Ph.D. Duke University, 1999), sex researcher, writer, and life/sex/wellness coach.
Her most recent book, Plays Well in Groups: A Journey Through The World of Group Sex (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), explores the phenomenon of group sex across time and place.
She is also the author of G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire (2002) and a coeditor of Flesh for Fantasy: Producing and Consuming Exotic Dance (2006).
Her research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals: Archives of Sex Research, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Sex Research, Qualitative Inquiry, Sexualities, etc., and her writing on strip clubs, marriage and monogamy, infidelity, reality television, swinging, sex tourism, and feminism appears in more than eight edited volumes. Discussion of her research on customers of the sex industry, along with her innovative use of participant observation and interviewing as means of data collection, is included in textbooks for sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, women’s studies, and research methods courses. Frank is currently a member of the editorial board of the Archives of Sexual Behavior and served a three-year term on the board of CARAS, the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities.
Frank has also published short fiction and non-fiction in magazines ranging from the prestigious Harvard Business Review to Spread Magazine (a publication for and by sex workers).
She is an affiliate research faculty member of the Department of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and faculty associate at The College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME.
CV available upon request.